During the most recent 2020 legislative session, the state of Mississippi passed the Community Foundations COVID-19 Grant Program as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
The program is administered by the Mississippi Development Authority and provides funding of eight million dollars divided into two categories. Four million dollars goes to eligible nonprofits while the other four million dollars goes to eligible food pantries.
The funds are distributed to seven community foundations across the state that had pandemic related expenses.
The Gulf Coast Community Foundation will receive about $1.3 million in reimbursement. GCCF COO and Executive Director Paul Guichet said, “These funds are really critical for the Mississippi Gulf Coast because it puts 1.3 million dollars into our local charities, the nonprofits and food pantries that, quite frankly, are challenged right now because of the nature of the pandemic and so deploying these funds in the community is going to be a big assist to them.”
The list of COVID related expenses that the foundation has incurred can be found on the Gulf Coast Community Foundations website at www.mgccf.org.